brief. hurricane sandy is now super- storm sandy as it clashes with another weather system, bringing wind, rain, and snow to the mid- atlantic and northeastern u.s. millions are without power, air travel in the northeast remains on hold, and u.s. stock markets remained closed until tomorrow. still, there was a bright sign for the u.s. economy. home prices continued their comeback in august. the s&p case-shiller home price index tracks prices in 20 major cities, finding prices rose 2% in august compared to a year ago. "the force" is now with the house of the mouse. disney is paying $4 billion for lucasfilm limited and its "star wars" franchise. tomorrow, u.s. stock markets reopen after an historic two-day shutdown. for more financial news, tune in to nbr weeknights on this public television station.